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Leta Galentine Warmington


1922 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Leta Galentine Warmington Obituary
June 8, 1922 - June 14, 2017 Leta Galentine Reynolds Farnsworth Warmington was born in Los Angeles, June 8, 1922, and ascended to Heaven, June 14, 2017 (Flag Day) at age 95. Leta attended Van Ness Elementary, John Burroughs Junior High, Los Angeles High School and the University of Southern California. At USC she was the first woman Student Body President, a member of Delta Gamma sorority, Mortar-Board, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies as well as receiving the Elizabeth von Kleinsmidt award for the "most outstanding senior woman" at USC. She graduated magna cum laude. She joined the Navy as an ensign in the WAVES serving as a Communications Officer. There she met and married John L. Reynolds, MD, in June 1945. Following the birth of her first son John Terry Reynolds the family moved to Rochester, Minnesota, where her husband John had a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Her second child, Norman Joseph Reynolds and first daughter, Marleta Reynolds, were both born in MInnesota. Upon moving back to Los Angeles for John to set up his practice and for them to build their permanent home in Hancock Park, she had her 4th child, Lauralyn Reynolds. From the Los Angeles days, she will be remembered for her many years of volunteering in the Assistance League, Junior League (President), Docent Council LACMA, Blind Children's Center, PTA, Sunday School teacher at Congregational Church, Good Samaritan Auxiliary and St. Vincent's Hospital Auxiliary. She was active in the Los Angeles Yacht Club sailing programs and vacationing at Howlands Cove, Catalina Island for a large part of every summer with the family. Leta enjoyed all sports including swimming, tennis, paddle tennis, riding, sailing and hiking. From 1968-1981 Leta worked as Director of Volunteer Services at LA County-USC Medical Center and LA County Department of Health. The next phase of her life was being married to William L. Farnsworth and moving to the Bayfront in Newport Beach, where she lived until her passing. In Newport she became active in the Museum Council, Market Bags, Investment Club, Book Bags, Bloomers Garden Club, Junior League of OC Sustainers, and California Associates. She and Bill traveled extensively to all corners of the world. They kept a motorhome in Europe for several decades to facilitate their travels on the Continent but traveled also to safaris in Africa, cruises on the North, Mediterranean, Black Seas and Indian Ocean. Leta and Bill especially enjoyed cooking and entertaining, hosting many parties including annual Academy Awards night party for many years. Leta enjoyed movies, the theatre, and was an avid reader. Leta said one of the 5 people she would meet in heaven was librarian, Miss Julia Drake, who chose books for her from 1st grade on. Leta believed reading was what led to her scholarships, employment, and enjoyment of life. After Bill's passing in 1993 Edward Warmington won Leta's heart and they married in 1995. From 1995-2003 they traveled abroad and spent time at Moonstone Cove on Catalina Island and their home in the desert. Leta believed that family and friends were the most important in life. She kept in touch with all her many friends, some from kindergarten. Leta's families included the Galentines, Reynolds, Farnsworths, Ladds and Warmingtons. Leta and Bill Farnsworth were rejoined in their burial at sea together in the ocean between Newport and Catalina. Leta had been the grandmother to her children's offspring, Keri Anne, Sean, Ryan, Christopher, Andrew, and Kelly, children's offspring through marriage Michael, Greg, Jennifer, and Elizabeth, and husband's children Derrick, Jim, Bob, Bud, and Bill, and too many grandchildren and great-grandchildren to count. She remained close and kept track of all of the birthdays and anniversaries on her very full calendar. She was preceded in death by her brother, Norman E. Galentine, and her husbands. Surviving are sons, John Terry Reynolds, MD, and Norman Joseph Reynolds, daughters, Marleta Reynolds, MD, and Lauralyn Reynolds Markle, MD, and oodles of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 13 to July 14, 2017
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